Arsenal already have one eye on the upcoming summer transfer window, despite being in the process of trying to win their current Premier League title race with Manchester City. They have sized up a midfielder as their main priority since they’d like more depth in this position. However, they won’t stop there.
According to the latest report from Team Talk, Arsenal are one of the clubs who are eyeing up Xavi Simons of PSV. The 19-year-old is currently the top goal scorer in the Netherlands and while he didn’t score against them, Arsenal know all about what Simons can provide from his high-pressing and creative masterclass against them in the Europa League earlier this season.
If you can’t beat them, have them join you. That’s the approach which Arsenal are adopting here, since they were stunned by the performance of the top goal scorer in the Eredivisie earlier this season. However, as expected, they aren’t the only team competing for Simons. In fact, league rivals Liverpool who put a halt to the Gunners’ title charge last weekend, are also interested in signing Simons to replace the departing Roberto Firmino.
What you would say is that Arsenal is a much more attractive destination than Liverpool. With Mikel Arteta at the helm, the Gunners seem pretty safe going into the future. They’re also a young squad who, despite still developing, are taking on the big dogs this season. Therefore, if it came down to the player, you’d expect Simons to choose Arsenal.
Time will tell how this transfer story progresses but it’s certainly bright and positive news for Arsenal. With the rumoured departure of Folarin Balogun, this could essentially fund the push for Xavi Simons.
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